My hopes for pharmacy in the new year
From Mr A. Baig, MRPharmS
I was chuffed to see Fayaz S. Ahmedali agreeing with me about pharmacy student numbers (PJ, 21/28 December 2013, p633) but I was concerned to hear that preregistration trainees are having to work for no pay and that pharmacists’ wages have tumbled in Canada.
We have to learn lessons from other countries. In Britain the service provided by pharmacists is world class, but we should always be trying to improve it.
Over the past 20 years pharmacy has evolved immensely (eg, electronic prescribing and the electronic transfer of prescriptions). I think we need to make more positive decisions and take a leap of faith to ensure that future generations of pharmacists can learn from us and evolve pharmacy as a profession further.
For this to happen all pharmacists’ views must be taken into account, not just the opinions of a few multiples. There has been much unrest over the past year about student numbers, self-selection of pharmacy medicines and the decriminalisation of dispensing errors.
With the new year starting we should be thinking positively about the profession. We should start by correlating pharmacy student intakes to preregistration places because, although we need a future workforce to flourish, we have to ensure the profession does not suffer.
Then I hope the decriminalisation of dispensing errors will follow soon after.
Over the next decade I can foresee many more services and opportunities for the pharmacy profession, especially in the internet pharmacy sector. Now it is up to us to work in unison and ensure that our profession remains world class for future generations.
Hospital Pharmacist and Lecturer
Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2014.11132601
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